Corinth gets grant of $930,000 for drainage repairs

By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

CORINTH – Long-awaited drainage work in Corinth’s Ward 4 is on the horizon with a grant of more than $900,000 received by the city to replace broken drainage pipes.
A large public housing subdivision in the South Corinth community that had to be extensively remodeled after overwhelming flooding in May 2010 – Combs Court – will be a key beneficiary of the improved water flow.
“This is the main drainage structure for Town Creek and carries water through Ward 4 and north of the railroad tracks,” said Dave Huwe, director of community development and planning. “The pipes have suffered a lot of damage through the years, but this work will give them unimpeded flow.”
The city has been working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to bring the scope of work within a budget they would support, said Mayor Tommy Irwin.
The grant award of $1,034,000 includes 90 percent from FEMA – $930,947 – and a 10 percent local match. The city is hoping the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency will assume 5 percent of that cost.
“It’s a major relief on potential flooding in our area,” said Ward 4 Alderman J.C. Hill. “It’s been a long time coming and having a small local match is really good.”
Work will cross several streets, but except for a couple of blocks along Crater Street from Meiggs to White, most major work will be done in areas away from traffic. Streets that will be crossed and cause minor disruptions include Mitchell, Scott, Meiggs, Allen and Ross.
Final details to determine if additional preparations are required before bids are sought will be discussed with Cook Coggin Engineers, Huwe said.
Preparations and bidding are expected to take at least 60 days, taking the project into a possible winter start. It would be preferable to await spring or summer for this type of work, Huwe said.
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